Acts 11 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“In those days, some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them named Agabus, stood up and predicted by the Ruach (Spirit) that there would be a severe famine throughout the Roman world. This took place during the time of Claudius. So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. This they did, sending it to the elders by means of Barnabas and Saul.” Acts 11:27-30
When I was almost 21yrs old, I vowed my heart to Yeshua. A year later, against the counsel of almost everyone I knew, I left college to pursue what I believed was G_d’s call on my life. I moved to Memphis Tennessee, in order to pursue the “Christian” music business.
I was hoping G_d would honor my step of faith by giving me success. To my dismay, two years passed and I was still making minimum wage, making coffee and taking out the trash at a recording studio. All my old college friends had good jobs, nice cars, and were buying houses.
I decided to drive to Nashville to see if I could jump-start my career with some record company meetings. I didn’t have a credit card at the time, so I pulled all my cash out of the bank…just in case.
It was a horrible trip. Nobody wanted to record my music. On the way out of Nashville, my car broke down with a flat tire. I opened the trunk…the spare tire was flat. Cell phones were rare and expensive back then, so I hiked two miles to find a tow truck. With the flat fixed, I paid the tow truck driver, only to discover my car wouldn’t start. I opened the hood….while I had been looking for a tow truck, someone had stolen my battery!
After flagging-down (and paying) another tow truck, I got a tow to an Auto Zone. It was closed for the night, so I had to spend the night in a hotel…more money. By the next morning, once my car was squared-away, I had $1 left, which I spent on 2 bean burritos at Taco Bell.
All the way to Memphis, I let G_d know how I felt about my “step of faith”! Rent was due, and I didn’t have any money…until I opened my mailbox. Inside, was a letter and a money order from some folks in Alabama who had seen me in concert. The letter simply stated: G_d put you on our hearts. The check enclosed was written for more money than I needed to get through the month. Lesson: Where G_d guides, He provides.
Today’s chapter is a wonderful example of G_d providing for our needs, before we know we have needs! Is the L_rd calling you to step-out in faith? Do it! Is He prompting you to help those in need? Do it! Whether you are being “sent” to those in need or “called” to be a benefactor, listen & obey the Lord’s leading. G_d can be trusted. And He has chosen to send & equip you to accomplish His purposes.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Sunday, July 28, 2013